Yearly Archives: 2014

Tennessee to Check for Livestock Traceability Compliance Starting Jan. 1

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will conduct routine compliance checks beginning Jan. 1, 2015 for the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule. The rule went...

A Look Back to 2014 Agriculture

It’s the last day of the year and, looking back, overall 2014 was a good year for agriculture.

Specialty Crop Growers See Improved Risk Management Tool

Specialy crop growers not eligible for insurance will now be eligible for crop disaster assistance.

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® Launches HOW-TO Video Series about Farming...

https://www.tnfarmbureau.org/content/us-farmers-ranchers-alliance%C2%AE-launches-how-video-series-about-farming-and-ranching

Innovate Conference, Workshops Focus on Technology at AFBF’s 2015 Annual Convention...

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news_article&id=204

2015 Farm Bill Meetings for Producers, Landowners and Agri-Industry

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-12-FarmBill2015.aspx

UT Workshop To Help Poultry Farmers

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-12-CPApoultryWorkshop.aspx

Washington County Farmer Aiken Re-elected VP of Nation’s Largest State Farm...

Franklin, TN December 8, 2014 "“ During their 93rd annual convention held at Franklin's Cool Springs Marriott, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's delegates, representing...

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance ® Launches HOW-TO Video Series about...

1,200 cows milked. 50,000 eggs gathered. Clean barns for 7,000 pigs. One day's work for America's farmers! People can now learn how they do...

96th Annual American Farm Bureau Convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation works all year to create an Annual Convention that will be educational, inspirational and memorable, and our 96th  gathering...

Helping Military Veterans Pursue Ag Careers

USDA is doing what it can to capitalize on returning military veteran’s interest in agriculture.

Open Up Commerce With Cuba Or Not

As the chartered four-prop plane touched down on the runway of the Josemarti-LaHarana Airport in Havana, Cuba, I, along with thirty other semi-anxious people,...

Santa still Tops in the Polls

If they held elections this time of year, Santa would win. His approval rating continues to be very high.

Normal Relations With Cuba Could Open Untapped Export Markets

Farmers in Tennessee and across the country are interested in the potential market improvement between the U.S. and Cuba if relations between the two...

Winter Forecast

FARMERS’ ALMANAC EDITOR PETER GEIGER UPDATES THE WINTER FORECAST.

Already Starting to Miss 2014

Just the other day, I picked up my annual Normal Rockwell calendar from the drug store for 2015, and as I thumbed through the...

Ramping Up the Beef Herd

A COOPERATIVE EFFORT B/W THE UNIVERSITY OF TENN,, THE TN DEPT OF AGRICULTURE AND TN FARMERS COOP IS MOVING FORWARD TO HELP LAUNCH A...

Genera Energy Moving Bio Industry Forward

GENERA ENERGY LOCATED IN VON ORE, TN IS A LEADER IN BIOMASS SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Tracking Your Holiday Spending

Sometimes when we do our holiday shopping, we can lose track of our spending and end up overdoing it. 

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE

Sometimes the fun of putting up a Christmas tree can bring on some unexpected situations

New Young Farmer Chairman

A.J. TEAL OF COFFEE COUNTY SELECTED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE’S YF&R COMMITTEE.

TFBF 93rd Convention

FARM BUREAU LEADERS FROM ACROSS TENNESSEE ATTEND THE 93RD ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION IN FRANKLIN.  

TFBF 93rd Convention

FARM BUREAU LEADERS FROM ACROSS TENNESSEE ARE IN FRANKLIN FOR THEIR 93RD ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION.

Farm Bureau Proud

TN FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT LACY UPCHURCH IS LEADING THE NATION’S LARGEST STATE FARM BUREAU ORGANIZATION AS THEY HOLD THEIR ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION IN...

2014 Farm Income Forecast

How much money will farmers make and what will they spend this year?  

Getting the Word Out

VAL DOLCINI, THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY HAS BEEN IN TENNESSEE TO DISCUSS NEW CHANGES IN THE FARM BILL.

Hunters for the Hungry

SINCE THE HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY PROGRAM STARTED IN TENN. IN 1998, THEY’VE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING OVER 4 MILLION MEALS TO NEEDY PEOPLE 

Ag Department facing Tough Budget Cuts

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is facing potential cuts of 7 percent for next year.

Making Memories around the Christmas Tree

THE WAGONS ARE READY, THE HOT CHOCOLATE IS OUT, ALL IS NEEDED NOW IS FAMILIES.  THAT’S WHAT TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS TREE FARMERS ARE HOPING FOR...

Time To Tell The Firestone Story

Back in the day when I held a real job instead of being retired, I remember one December evening riding on a shuttle bus...

Washington County Farmer Aiken Re-elected VP of Nation’s Largest State Farm...

During their 93rd annual convention held at Franklin's Cool Springs Marriott, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's delegates, representing agriculture and farmers across the state,...

Something Else To Begin

I have found out that when something ends something else begins, at least that has been the way it has worked in my life....

2014 Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention

The 2014 Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Convention will be held December 6-9 in Cool Springs, Tennessee. Farmers from across the state will gather to...

Farm Ponds Did Freeze Once Upon A Time

It had been one of the coldest winters Tennessee had experienced in quite a while. It was the winter of 1964 and temperatures had...

Don’t Give Your Turkey a Shower

USDA RECOMMENDS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO RECONSIDER WASHING THAT TURKEY IN THE SINK BEFORE YOU PUT INTO OVEN.

Wild Hog Problems Slowing

TWRA’S Whild Hog Eradication Action Team (WHEAT) is making headway in addressing wild hog problem.

Is It Worth It?

With new grandbabies showing up in my household, you would never think that the granddaddy would be the one getting the vaccinations, but that...

Thanksgiving Dinner Still a Bargain

ANNUAL SURVEY FROM THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU ON THE COST OF THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR 10 SHOWS PRICE IS STILL UNDER $50.  

New Switchgrass Variety

A NEW SWITCHGRASS VARIETY CALLED LIBERTY PROMISES GREATER YIELDS FOR BIOFUEL PRODUCTION AND AS AN INCOME PRODUCER FOR GROWERS.

More from the Markets

A NEW CONCEPT OF PRODUCING GRAINS AND OILSEEDS IS EMERGING AS ONE TENN. ENTREPRENEUER IS WORKING TO SEEK OUT MORE VALUE OVER TRADITIONAL MARKETS.  

Meeting the Challenge

GOV. HASLAM’S LAUNCH TENNESSEE PROGRAM HELPS TO ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION FOR STARTUP COMPANIES TO ESTABLISH IN THE STATE. THE TN DEPT. OF AG  IS...

Properly Thawing Your Turkey

IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY AND COOK A FROZEN TURKEY THIS THANKSGIVING, YOU MAY NEED TO PLAY AHEAD FOR THE THAWING PROCESS.

Ag Literacy Week

GOV. BILL HASLAM ACKNOWLEDGING TENNESSEE’S FIRST EVER AG LITERACY WEEK THAT’S SET FOR NOV. 16-22ND

The Closeness of a MRI

Each morning when I rise, I usually look out my bedroom window to check the day the good Lord has blessed me with. From...

An Early Winter

IT’S GONNA GET COLD OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, BUT WHAT IS REALLY NOT NORMAL THIS TIME OF YEAR, IS HOW LONG THIS ARTIC...

Burning Chicken Fat

MTSU PROFESSOR DR. CLIFF RICKETTS CONTIINUES HIS GOAL OF SHOWING US WE DON’T NEED TO DEPEND ON FOREIGN OIL AS HE DRIVES COAST TO...

Veterans Finding a Home in Agriculture

The Farmer Veteran Coalition is helping our nation’s veterans to get involved in agriculture.

Is Frosty on Your Roof Yet?

Maybe I'm just getting old, there is certainly no debate on that subject, but I feel like we skipped a month between October and...

McBride Selected as National FFA Officer

COFFEE COUNTY FFA MEMBER STEPHEN MCBRIDE WAS SELECTED AS THE SOURHERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT AT THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION.  

TN Tech Agritourism Degree

TENN. TECH UNIVERSITY BOASTS A ONE-OF-A-KIND AGRITOURISM MAJOR WHERE STUDENTS ARE GETTING A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE.

A New Beef Check-Off?

An impasse on how to resolve issues in the producer funded beef check-off program may mean formation of a second check-off. 

Election Day

WHILE MANY HAVE ALREADY VOTED EARLY, STILL MANY OTHERS WILL TAKE TIME OFF THEIR FARMS TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR THE REPRESENTATIVE THEY FEEL...

Tenn. FFA National Finalist

DURING THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMPETED IN THE JOB INTERVIEW CDE AND EMILY WHITE WAS NAMED TO THE FINAL FOUR...

Alternative Farming Center

NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO THE JOHNSON COUNTY FFA PROGRAM BEGAN A STATE OF THE ART AQUACULTURE AND HYDROPOINCS PROGRAM FOR ITS RURAL STUDENTS.

Tennessee FFA Member Selected as FFA’s National Southern Region Vice President

Students from Georgia, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Mexico have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the...

TN Young Farmers of the Year Winners Receive Their Prize

Greene County young farm couple Mark and Cindy Klepper won Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award at the Tennessee Young Farmer...

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 2014 U.S. Agricultural Exports...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2014, which soared to a record $152.5 billion...

No Jumping Off The Building Today

It is amazing these days the number of people who do not have common sense or what my grandfather called "walking around sense." I...

Go All Out at National FFA Convention

Go All Out is the Theme of the 87th National FFA Convention and more than 60,000 FFA members will descend on Louisville, Kentucky for...

UT Plateau AgResearch Center to hold November cattle sale

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-10-CattleSale.aspx

Ag Enhancement Deadline Nears for Livestock Projects

http://news.tn.gov/node/13116

Scholarships Offered to Specialty Crop Farmers

http://news.tn.gov/node/13126

Semi-Finalists Named in First National Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news_article&id=176

American Farm Bureau Survey Shows Big Data Use Increasing, Big Questions...

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news_article&id=178

Young Farmer Gets His Tractor

MARK AND CINDY KLEPPER WERE NAMED TENNESSEE’S YOUNG FARMERS OF THE YEAR BACK IN JULY AT THE YF7R SUMMER CONFERENCE AND ONE OF THEIR...

Pork Production Could Surpass Beef Production In 2015

Nationwide, pork production is poised to surpass beef production next year as ranchers try to rebuild their herds from the lowest levels since the...

Lucky Grandkids

My grandchildren sure are lucky and the reason is because their Granddaddy is just about as big of a kid as they are when...

Yes on 2

What Is Vote YES on 2?   Vote YES on 2 is the campaign to pass the Judicial Selection Amendment to our state constitution. The...

Signs of Stress Farmers Should Watch For

IF YOU ARE WORKING THE HARVEST, YOU MAY FIND IT STRESSFUL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE BEHIND SCHEDULE AND WORKING A NARROW WEATHER WINDOW.

Farm Bureau Providing Farmers with Resource to Talk Biotech

WITH THE MANY QUESTIONS AND MYTHS SURROUNDING BIOTECH IN AGRICULUTRE, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU HAS DEVELOPED AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO PROVIDE FACTS ON GENETICALLY...

Could Be Tough Choices for Ag Cuts

TN’S COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE JULIUS JOHNSON TALKING ABOUT PROPOSED CUTS THAT COULD COME NEXT YEAR AS GOV. BILL HASLAM HAS ASKED ALL STATE GOVT...

The Buzz around Honey Bees

THERE’S NOT ONLY AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF BEEKEEPERS ACROSS TENNESSEE, BUT THE AWARENESS OF THE HEALTH CONCERNS AND THE IMPACT WITHOUT BEES...

Harvest Back On

FARMERS ALL ACROSS TENN ARE ONCE AGAIN BACK IN FULL SWING WITH HARVEST OF THEIR ROW CROPS AFTER ABOUT TWO WEEKS OF  CONSTANT RAINS.  

Aunt Sadie has a Yard Sign

On a beautiful Tennessee fall afternoon, I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. Their white frame house,...

Music and Molasses Festival Offers a Weekend of Family Fun

http://news.tn.gov/node/13092

Tennessee Urges Citizens to Practice Wildfire Prevention

http://news.tn.gov/node/13069

U.S. Senate Forum

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER AND HIS DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER GORDON BALL PARTICIPATED IN THE TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU’S U.S. SENATE FORUM AT TN TECH UNIVERSITY.

Ag Leadership Forum

FOR THE THIRD YEAR, FARM CREDIT OF MID AMERICA HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER MANY OF THE LEADERS IN TENNESSEE AGRICULTURE FOR A LEADERSHIP FORUM IN...

Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

. GLENN CUNNINGHAM FROM SHELBY COUNTY TENNESSEE WAS NAMED TO THE TOP TEN IN THE RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE OUT OF MORE THAN 200 APPLICANTS...

Tennessee FFA Wants Regional Advisors

TENNESSEE FFA IS SEEING A DECLINE IN MEMBERSHIP AND AG TEACHERS ARE SPEAKING UP ABOUT THE NEED TO BRING BACK REGIONAL CONSULTANTS.  

War on Weeds Starts in the Fall

Now is the time for you to launch an attack against weeds in your lawn. An expert says don’t wait until spring. 

Income Forecast for Farmers

If you are a farmer, there are encouraging areas when it comes to the farm income forecast for 2014. 

Burley Tobacco Growers Have a Good Crop

SMITH COUNTY TOBACCO GROWER KYLE OWEN SAYS THIS YEAR’S BURLEY CROP IS ONE OF HIS BEST IN YEARS.  

A Good Year for Pumpkins

U.S. FARMERS HAVE HAD A REALLY GOOD YEAR GROWING PUMPKINS IN TENNESSEE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  GARY CRAWFORD TELLS US MORE.

Tennessee Farm Bureau HostsAgriculture U.S. Senate Forum

Cookeville, TN October 16, 2014 "“ The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation hosted an agricultural forum for the two U.S. Senate nominees, Sen. Lamar Alexander...

Tennessee Farm Bureau Hosts Agriculture U.S. Senate Forum

Cookeville, TN October 16, 2014 "“ The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation hosted an agricultural forum for the two U.S. Senate nominees, Sen. Lamar Alexander...

County PowerPoint Presentation Information

We hope that your county YF&R has had a very successful year. This year, we are planning on having a County PowerPoint Presentation on...

Harmonia Axyridis are Back and I’m Not Happy

It is October once again, and once again, I despise Asian lady beetles. For those of you who are not plagued by these impostures...

TN Beef Alliance Showing its Worth

BEEF PRICES FOR FARMERS CONTINUE AT THEIR RECORD LEVELS AND THAT MEANS EVEN MORE OF A PREMIUM FOR THOSE THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE TENN....

Another Big Harvest

FARMERS ALL ACROSS TN ARE ENJOYING SOME OF THEIR BEST YIELDS EVER IN CORN PRODUCTION.  

Preparing for the Cold Now

If you want to save money on your heating bills this winter, have your home heating system checked out now. 

Get You A Sundrop Bottle

The other day as I waited in line at a traffic light, I noticed the car in front of me and the two beside...

Farmland From Academy Award-Winning Director James Moll Makes Its Streaming Debut...

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/277862511.html

Farm Bureau Leader Class Focuses on Engagement

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news_article&id=161

EPA Must Withdraw Irregular, Biased Rulemaking Farm Bureau and Waters Coalition...

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news_article&id=167